As part of our countdown to Readers & ‘ritas 2017, our Meet the
Author interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us in
Texas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with Cooper McKenzie, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers &
What book made you fall in love with the genre you write?
I fell in love with the romance genre in 8th grade after reading The Ivory Key by Rita Estrada. I’ve read that book several times over the years and recently found a copy to keep in my own library.
If a movie were made of your most recent book, who would you cast in
the lead and why?
If a movie was made of IRON LUST by my Keely Jakes pen name, I would try very hard to talk the men who suggested I write a bodybuilder romance, and who are featured on the cover, Christian James and Daniel Treat.
What was the first story you wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a teenage angst novel about a girl escaping into her dreams to keep from killing herself. It sucked and was destroyed about a year after I wrote it. My first story that was published is a mystery/ghost story called Warm Spirits. It is being republished as part of a YA anthology entitled Magic and Shadows coming November 7 from Opal Moon Press.
If you could change the ending to any famous book, TV show, or movie, what would it be and how would you rewrite it? (Spoiler alert!)
I would let Inman survive being shot in Cold Mountain.
What is your favorite part of meeting your readers?
I love readers’ reactions when they find out that not only do I write across the erotic romance genre as Cooper McKenzie, I also write gay erotic romance as Keely Jakes and children and YA books as Susan Walker.
You can meet Cooper McKenzie and more fabulous authors at Readers & ‘ritas this November! Readers & ‘ritas is
a weekend getaway for book-loving ladies like you. Our guests of honor this year are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marie Bostwick, and Cathy Maxwell! Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen,
Texas, November 10-12 for:
- A private signing with all of our authors
- Raffle baskets benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter
- Panels and discussions in the author lounge
- Signature bags stuffed with free books and swag
- The Annual Fresh Fiction Awards and after party with a gaming
- Delicious meals with an author host at every table!